89 graduates from the Design Course (Interior Architecture Design, Graphic Design and Product Design) trooped up the stage to receive their diplomas in their resplendent gowns. [more photos here]



According to Dr N Varaprasad, TP’s founding principal, the school designed a graduation gown for its first batch of graduates in 1991.


However, the idea was vetoed by Dr Tay Eng Soon, MOE's late Senior Minister of State, who preferred that the graduates dress smartly in work clothes to show they were industry-ready, instead of trying to “imitate a university”.


Goh, C. L. (2007, April 8). The end is just the beginning. The Straits Times [Singapore]. Retrieved from lexisnexis.com


Do you have …

The first graduation gown used in the 1990s, or old TP student matriculation cards, or any item connected to TP’s history and achievements?


If the answer is YES, we want to hear from you! Know someone who may have items such as those listed above? Tell us!

TP Archives is calling for donations of TP memories to fill the upcoming TP Heritage Gallery.


Have something to donate? Email us at memories@tp.edu.sg.